Legendary RATT singer Stephen Pearcy has sent BraveWords.com the following exclusive update on his activities:
“I’m personally taking a break from Ratt to concentrate on my label Top Fuel Records, work on a new solo album and BATTERING RAMM, a project that I’m looking forward to as I’m just playing guitar in that, That music is way more aggressive then anything I’ve done in the past.
Also other new ventures under my new management at MMG (A FrontLine Company with Jim Morley-Bobby Collin), and just enjoy time off.
And get busy with the drag race stuff 2011.
I will say, there does need to be some major restructuring in the Ratt camp per say before I step back in, that’s a fact! If any other member is unhappy, there’s obviously personal concerns and valid reasoning.
We (Ratt) had a great end of tour show in Japan at Loud Park 10 with ROB HALFORD, HELLYEAH and others recently. Without getting into anything personally, its more the business side of things that bothers me, if that can be taken care of without animosity and procrastination, everything else should fall into place for another record and tour to support it. But just not right now, not for awhile with me until then.
The band is NOT breaking up. We made a great record with Infestation and now hearing that were on the Grammy nomination lists (for single and album) says a lot for that hard work.
I have the utmost respect for Robert Crane (bass) and Carlos Cavazo (guitar), and look forward to writing and playing out there again with them anytime.
And I don’t believe the things that are being spewed online about their respected positions in Ratt or any bands. They have every right to say what they feel, when and how they want to, I would if I spent a minute in that band. Like I am now.
Photos Courtesy by Altercarnated Photography & Sonisphere Festival
We arrived on Thursday, to acquaint ourselves with the surroundings and get pitched up. The organisation of getting in (even as guests) was rather oblique and I feel sorry for any fans that had similar problems with getting in through the gates.
Apart from that, pretty smooth sailing. The food on offer was sublime; there was just about enough beer (hic!) and some good entertainment away from the music. We indulged in all of these on Thursday so that we’d have time to see the bands we wanted over the weekend. Top marks for entertainment Sonisphere, on stage and off it!
London UK based metal band Collapse formed in 2009 by guitarist Andy Ongley and vocalist Duncan Wilkinson, with current members; bassist Andre Purvis, guitarist Charlie Webster and drummer Scott Harris.
In February 2010 Collapse entered the studio to begin recording their EP in March saw the band opening up the Hammerfest festival and April saw them being asked to record their own take on Judas Priest’s classic ‘Between the Hammer & the Anvil’ for Metal Hammer magazine.
The completion of their debut EP ‘Scar the Silence’ with Rohan Onraet (Slipknot/Machine Head) signalled that Collapse were about to carve a very big name for themselves and it was on the strength of this material that the band were requested to play the second stage at the UK’s Bloodstock Open Air festival.
Drawing from the European melodic metal of acts such as The Haunted and Carcass, but infused with the crushing grooves of US bands like Lamb of God and Pantera, Collapse are proud torchbearers for the future of Heavy Metal and everything that it means to the legions of fans worldwide, we managed to meet up with the guys for a catch up…& a few beers!
WENDY DIO will hit the green carpet in support of HUMANITY THRU MUSIC Saturday, November 6th in Hollywood. DIO joins other celebrity guest’s actress/photographer SHARI BELAFONTE, Com-Con Icon/”Lost” Producer PAUL DINI, Actor TYLER MANE /Michael Myers of Halloween 1&2 fame and many more celebs and Rockstars will grace this year First Annual Humanity Thru Music concert and dinner in support f building a No-Kill animal sanctuary in California.
Iconic radio personality JIM LADD, of KLOS, has joined on to host this year’s concert event and will also walk the green carpet in support of our much needed NO-Kill animal Sanctuary in California. LADD will start the night out on the carpet and end the night rockin us out to the combined forces of YES & TOTO former founding members new project YOSO in a montage that was 30 years in the making – YOSO will play such Platinum hits from both bands Roundabout, Owner Of A Lonely Heart, Rosanna, Hold The Line and so much more!!
Huge “Silent Auction” with Joe Satriani, Rob Zombie, Paul Gilbert, Steve Vai, Alice Cooper, Marky Ramone and so many other rockstars who have contributed singed guitars and other items Also there are great items such as Hollywood Bowl tickets, signed Star Wars collection with a bottle of Skywalker Ranch wine, signed sports memorabilia, dinner at Sugar Rock, a night at Luck Stick bowling alley for 8-16 guests and more to help support the upcoming concert HUMANITY THRU MUSIC and the building of a No-Kill animal sanctuary. Right now you can get your ticket for $35 as a special Halloween price – Go to www.ticketfly.com or Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org and get yours now!!!
NIGHTS SCHEDULE: Will-call opens at 5:30 pm to check in and purchase tickets with the Green Carpet and silent auction starting at 6:00 pm. The vegetarian paw-sta buffet starts at 6:30 pm with $1 wine bars. 8:00 pm is your cue to go rock-out to classic rock in the amphitheater for the concert that will start at 8:30pm. The concert will end about 10:00 pm.
ONLINE ADVANCE SALE: General Admission seats, dinner (festival seating) is now $35 till 11/01, reg. $50, VIP seating, dinner is $100 (guaranteed first 5 rows), $195 VIP Backstage (First 3 center rows seating guaranteed | VIP Lounge | After-Show Meet & Greet | Special YOSO Gift bag), Platinum group seating for 10 includes all above* $1250.
TO BUY TICKETS – Go to www.ticketfly.com, for Paypal go to www.myspace.com/furfeather OR Paypal directly with ticket seat-type and quantities to email@example.com – You will be provided with a confirmation page you will bring to will-call night of the event. Will-call starts @ 5:30 pm sharp!
SO – Come wag your tail and rock-out in Hollywood on November, 6th at the First Annual “Humanity Thru Music” concert and paw-sta dinner in benefit of Fur & Feather Animal Sanctuary a 501c3 dedicated to much needed animal welfare in California. Come help save the lives of our homeless animals from having to enter shelters and face needless euthanasia by supporting the building of Southern California’s first full NO-KILL animal sanctuary, medical and educational center.
We want to thank our sponsors for all the gracious help in making this all happen – MUSICIANS INSTITUTE, MODERN DOG MAGAZINE AND PARADIGM SHIFT WORLDWIDE, INC – THANK YOU!!
The below update comes to us from Andy, guitarist of Natrium, a death metal band from Italy.
“We recorded the new album called “Elegy for the flesh” (8 tracks) at 16th Cellar Studio in Rome with Stefano Morabito (producer of bands as Fleshgod Apocalypse, Hour of Penance, Eyeconoclast,…).”
“Cover art by Par Olofsson (Deeds of Flesh, Disavowed, Hour of Penance, Immolation, Severed Savior, Psycroptic, Spawn of Possession, Immortal, Prostitute Disfigurement, Insidious Decrepancy, Inherit Desease, Braindrill, Revocation,…).
The title track “Elegy for the flesh” is online here:”
“We’re waiting for sign for a label, so we hope that cd will be out soon.”
Jason McMaster gets his due: a star on the South Texas Music Walk Of Fame
Heavy metal screamer Jason McMaster (Dangerous Toys, Broken Teeth) is set to make Texas history, as the first metal artist honored by the ‘South Texas Music Walk Of Fame’ in his hometown of Corpus Christi.
A vocalist, bassist, guitarist, and songwriter with two gold-certified records under his belt, McMaster is notorious for being one of the busiest musicians in rock and roll. His rock and roll resume dates back to 1982, when he fronted influential progressive metal band Watchtower, later moving on to make headlines with the southern sleaze rock act Dangerous Toys. In recent years, Jason has been channeling his talent into the Austin-based hard rock act Broken Teeth, having released five albums since the band’s formation in 1999; along with two albums from his NWOHB influenced band Ignitor, and various tribute bands. His impact on the Texas rock and metal scene was previously recognized in 1998, with an induction into the Texas Music Hall Of Fame.
The South Texas Music Walk of Fame honors six new Texas artists every year, in a ribbon-cutting ceremony that kickstarts the annual WaterStreet Market Music & Arts Festival in Corpus Christi, Texas. McMaster will officially be inducted in June 2011.
Jason is currently finishing up a tour of the midwest with Broken Teeth before embarking on Shiprocked, alongside other rock acts including Vince Neil, Cinderella, Tesla, and Sevendust. Shiprocked will set sail from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on November 11-14, 2010 onboard the MSC Poesia. This year’s cruise will feature two Bahamas port stops in both Nassau and the amazing private island of Coco Cay Bay. Visit the Shiprocked website at http://www.getshiprocked.com/ for more information.
Austria’s BELPHEGOR have revealed the track listing to their upcoming Blood Magick Necromance release! Blood Magick Necromance Track Listing:
1. IN BLOOD – DEVOUR THIS SANCTITY
2. RISE TO FALL AND FALL TO RISE
3. BLOOD MAGICK NECROMANCE
4. DISCIPLINE THROUGH PUNISHMENT
5. ANGELI MORTIS DE PROFUNDIS
6. IMPALED UPON THE TONGUE OF SATHAN
7. POSSESSED BURNING EYES
8. SADO MESSIAH BELPHEGOR recently wrapped up work on their new blackened death metal masterpiece Blood Magick Necromance!The albumwas produced by the legendary Peter Tägtgren (HYPOCRISY) at his Abyss Studios (IMMORTAL, DIMMU BORGIR, HYPOCRISY, DARK FUNERAL etc.) in Pärlby, Sweden and mastered by Jonas Kjellgren. The album will be released on January 14th, 2011 in Europe and on February 8th, 2011 in North America!
“This will be the most epic and monumental BELPHEGOR work to date,“ commented frontman and lead shredder Helmuth.
BELPHEGOR will also be direct support to DEICIDE on the “God Is Dead – To Hell With God Tour”, which kicks off on Feb. 15th of next year. The trek is being sponsored by Bloody-Disgusting.com and also features BLACKGUARD, NEURAXIS and PATHOLOGY. Tickets for the tour are available now via www.enterthevault.com and all other normal ticketing systems.
SHADOWS FALL’s Jason Bittner is now offering live online drum lessons at RockSource360.com! Now anyone can take a lesson with the Grammy-nominated, Berklee educated percussion phenom! Studying musicians will learn multiple styles, including double-bass, multi-pedal patterns, odd-times, etc.! From rock and metal, to jazz fundamentals, to world fusion, Bittner’s lessons can help drummers take their skills to the next level. The live sessions cost just $60 per 45-50 minute session. Head to this link at RockSource360.com and click BOOK YOUR LESSON to see available times.
The only requirements needed are a strong internet connection (dial-up excluded), a Skype account with video capabilities, a webcam or built-in camera, a PayPal account for lesson payment, and a desktop/laptop positioned by your drumset to ensure proper student/teacher viewing and instruction! To watch Bittner in action, head to his official YouTube page at www.youtube.com/jasonbittner.
SHADOWS FALL recently released a new CD/DVD set, entitled Madness in Manila! The set marks the impressive 15 year anniversary of SHADOWS FALL!You can purchase Madness in Manila at Amazon or iTunes today!
Yesterday, the band announced their upcoming headlining performance at WSOU’s Not So Silent Night showcase! Also performing are A LIFE ONCE LOST, WITH DAGGERS DRAWN, and more! The event takes place on Sunday, December 19th at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ. Tickets are just $10, and an exclusive SHADOWS FALL pre-sale for the show is available starting at 3pm EST today. The first 200 tickets purchased will come with a special VIP laminate, and the first 30 people in line (day of show) who purchased a pre-sale ticket through SHADOWS FALL and Artist Arena will have access to a special meet and greet with the band before the show! Purchase your tickets here, and use this information below.
SHADOWS FALL will perform their first and only New York City performance this year, taking place at Santos Party House on December 18th, 2010, and sponsored by 1000KNIVES. Santos Party House is an intimate venue, so this particular show should not be missed by any metal fan! A limited amount of pre-sale tickets will be available to fans beginning today at 3pm ET. The pre-sale tickets include a special commemorative show laminate, and the first 30 people in line on the day of show that purchased tickets through the special pre-sale will be invited to a pre-show to hang out with the band! Act now and don’t miss this awesome opportunity! Purchase your tickets here!
For more information on SHADOWS FALL and JASON BITTNER, visit these sites:
British hard rock legends IRON MAIDEN have posted a new graphic on their official website of Eddie holding the Earth in his hands, with the geographical area focusing on the North Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean, fuelling rumors that that band will be announcing live dates in that area early next year – either before or after their headline/Soundwave Festival run in Australia in February. The official announcement will be made on Tuesday, November 2nd at 6PM GMT.
Iron Maiden - tour announcement?
Two shows have already been rumored for February: Bali, Indonesia and Jakarta, India.
Officially confirmed dates for Maiden’s Final Frontier World Tour 2011 can be found here.
Music Industry veteran and metal musician Steve “Buckshot” Seabury brings you “Mosh Potatoes – Recipes, Anecdotes & Mayhem From The Heavyweights Of Heavy Metal”. You can now pre order the book via Loudtrax for your chance to win some amazing metal prizes and get some free music downloads. Here is a link to view the prizes and to order the Mosh Potatoes book. http://www.loudtrax.com/Promotion/?promotion=MoshPotatoes
Mosh Potatoes features 147 exciting recipes from legendary icons like Lemmy, Zakk Wylde and Lita Ford to the thrash titans of Pantera, Megadeth, Testament, Overkill and Anthrax to the hair metal bands of Guns & Roses, Dokken, LA Guns, Steel Panther, Twisted Sister to the mayhem of metal including Mudvayne, Lamb of God, Shadows Fall, Hatebreed and Devildriver to death metal pioneers of Napalm Death, Obituary, Death and Sepultura and the book wouldnt be complete without the future of the new school like Municipal Waste, Skeletonwitch, Lazarus AD, Evile and Moth Eater.
If you live for metal and like amazing food then you will without a doubt love Mosh Potatoes. So put the beers on ice, fire up the grill and Cook Out With Your Book Out!!!
Italian gothic metallers MACBETH have confirmed that the band is currently in pre-production for its fifth full-length.
Commented the group: “We know. It has been a while since our last update and that is not without reason. This year has been a pretty busy and tumultuous one for band members. We’ve been hard at work writing material for the next album since last winter, but unfortunately we have been forced to take a break during this spring and summer as Max needed to recover from a serious shoulder injury exacerbated by playing guitar. Luckily Max’s shoulder is fully healed and he’s working on new stuff right now. Among other things (on September the 4th), Fabrizio and Morena got married after being together almost ten years! Currently in pre–production phase the band is working on vocal lines and lyrics for almost 10 brand new songs. All we can say is that we feel it’s some of the best stuff wehave ever written. The new studio album is as yet untitled and still without a release date. More details about studios will follow as soon as everything is confirmed. Stay tuned for updates!”
Spain’s thrash hopefuls ANGELUS APATRIDA proudly present you the first video from their much lauded album “Clockwork” that was released via Century Media Records earlier this year and made an impressive debut at #44 on the Spanish sales charts. “Blast Off” was directed and produced by Stuff & Nonsense and directors Adriana Lorente and Sara Cort who worked intensively with the band to capture the essence of the record.
The punishing thrash act hasn’t stopped a single minute since they released the album, and right after the European Bangover they embarked on the first leg of Spanish dates that will have them thrashing the entire country during the next two months.
Guitarist/vocalist Guillermo Izquierdo, states:
“We are really happy about the Spanish tour. Touring with Warbringer and Skeletonwitch has been a blast, but after all that has been happening in Spain with “Clockwork”, we can’t wait to present it in front of our friends and fans. Fortunately, we have the chance to do a massive tour and play with some of the best bands all across the country. The band has never felt so good or sounded stronger, so you know what to expect, massive thrash madness that will blow your head away”